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How the years fly by -- vintage turn for airline at 75

Grainne Cunningham

Published 28/03/2011 | 05:00

THE glamour of bygone eras was modelled at Dublin Airport over the weekend as Aer Lingus unveiled a new retro-look plane, painted in the former 1960's Irish International livery, to mark the airline's 75th anniversary celebrations.

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The new Airbus A320, the baby of the fleet, has been named St Coleman and was unveiled at a ceremony at the Old Central Terminal Building at Dublin Airport designed by the late Desmond FitzGerald.

In keeping with the nostalgia of the moment, cabin crew modelled vintage uniforms, from each decade, from 1945 through to the current Aer Lingus uniform by designer Louise Kennedy.

On the runway, rather than the catwalk, was the rich brown suit worn by the airline's first stewardesses.

The ensemble, with a calf-length skirt, a long blazer and a military-looking hat, was the work of the prominent designer of that age, Sybil Connolly.

Since then, the uniform has been predominantly green, although the shade has varied from aquamarine to bottle green, with plenty of hues in between.

Pictured are, from left, crew members Muriel Cooke, Deborah McGuirk, Jane Curtain, Aisling Rendall, Anna Moore and Fiona Scullion, with Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller.

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